The Commonwealth Sport Foundation, the
new charitable foundation of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, has been unveiled
today with an ambition to help address some of the world’s greatest challenges.
The establishment of a charitable
foundation is a key objective in the Commonwealth Sport Movement’s Transformation
2022 strategy – which repositions the Commonwealth Games beyond a quadrennial
sporting spectacle towards a wider Movement which benefits communities through
sport every day across the Commonwealth.
The Foundation, which has been launched during
the week marking the 90-year anniversary of the inaugural Games in Hamilton,
Ontario in 1930, has five strategic development priorities.
It will focus on:
- Youth Empowerment
- Equal Rights
- Historical Injustice
- Small States and Island States
- Sustainable Cities & Communities
Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Louise Martin said: “There has never been a more important time to fully realise the potential and impact of Commonwealth Sport.
"Commonwealth citizens and communities are faced with urgent issues and challenges impacted by the COVID
19 pandemic, compounding longstanding or systemic issues relating to poverty,
conflict, climate change, racial inequality, discrimination, economic
uncertainty, health and wellbeing, education, the digital divide and
"However, as we reflect on how far we have come since the very first Games in 1930, and our shared history, global and cultural diversity, I passionately believe we can be united by our common ambitions and collective impact, as well as our past.
"Through the commonwealth Sport Foundation, inspired by our engaged athletes and communities, our
aim is to shape a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous future generations
across the Commonwealth."
Formally registered as a charity in the UK, recruitment to independent board of the Commonwealth Sport Foundation has commenced.
Partnership, project and fundraising strategies are at the
early stages of development and work has started on a £3.5m development fund,
enabled through the 2022 Commonwealth Games Host City Contract, ensuring the vision,
legacy and benefits of Birmingham 2022 are brought to life across the 71
nations and territories of the Commonwealth through sport.